Webinar - The spread of infectious diseases in ancient East Asia with focus on the Korean Peninsula and its implications for the Covid-19 pandemic in the two Korean states

Webinar - The spread of infectious diseases in ancient East Asia with focus on the Korean Peninsula and its implications for the Covid-19 pandemic in the two Korean states

Wed 20 Jan 2021 6:00pm7:30pm



The spread of infectious diseases in ancient East Asia with focus on the Korean Peninsula and its implications for the Covid-19 pandemic in the two Korean states 


This talk presents the results of research undertaken as part of Seoul National University Asia Center’s “Exchange and Cooperation in the Asian World” program, in which passages on infectious diseases appearing in the official historical records of ancient Korea, China, and Japan were examined. In tracing how the spread of infectious diseases accompanied exchange and conflict in the ancient East Asian world, it was also possible to identify that “fact framing” had also taken place in the past in relation to the reporting of infectious diseases. This illustrates how the past can indeed be a mirror for present times.


Dr. Ilhong Ko, HK Research Professor, Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC), Republic of Korea. Expert in the Korean Bronze Age, Ancient Exchange and Migration, North Korea Archaeology  

Dr. Ilhong Ko is a HK Research Professor at Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC). She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology & Prehistory at the University of Sheffield and undertook her undergraduate studies at Seoul National University. Her research interests lie in human migration and exchange in ancient Korea, human practice and social reproduction/change, and North Korean archaeology. From 2009-2018, she participated in the Humanities Korea (HK) Project (funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea) at the Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University, where she collaborated actively with researchers of several other disciplines, such as philosophy, history, geography, and architecture, to explore the human condition and its permutations throughout time and space. In 2018 she joined Seoul National University Asia Center as a Research Fellow before becoming a HK Research Professor in 2020. Ilhong Ko currently serves as the Regional Editor for the ‘News in Northeast Asia’ section of the IIAS Newsletter, published by the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden. She is also Editor of Gogoohak (Journal of the Jungbu Archaeological Society).

Jungwon Huh (Ph.D.), Research Fellow, Asia Regional Information Center, Seoul National University Asia Center, Executive Secretary, Seoul National University COVID-19 Research Network (SNUCRN)

Jungwon Huh earned her doctorate at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. Her research covers income and gender inequality, migration, human right, data visualization and storytelling. Huh was a senior research analyst at the Office of Diversity and Engagement at the University of California, Office of the President. For her dissertation, she was awarded as the Emerging Scholar at the 14th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Her recent research revolves around female marriage migrants and their labor market experience in South Korea. Her current forthcoming article includes “Long-term family visit and Vietnamese female marriage migrants' family dynamics” and “Mapping community-level mobility changes of Koreans and immigrants using bigdata of “de facto population of Seoul” - six ethnic enclaves in Seoul under COVID-19 epidemic.”

Dr. Juyoung Jang, Policy Researcher & Director of International Partnerships, Migration Research and Training Centre, Republic of Korea. Expert in Migration Policy, Immigrant Integration, Family Immigration

Juyoung Jang is a Policy Researcher and the Director of International Partnerships at Migration Research and Training Centre, a partner organization of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, she joined the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research focuses on evaluating and developing immigration policy for immigrants’ social integration. Her current works investigate immigrants’ access to health care services in South Korea.

Dr. Isaac Lee, Co-Director, Korean Studies Centre, The University of Queensland, Australia

Dr Isaac Lee was born in South Korea. He completed his Bachelor Degree in South Korea and attained his higher degrees in Australia. Currently, he is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland, teaching Korean language and culture. His research focuses on the critical analysis of textbooks (including Korean language textbooks) in South/North Korea, China and Japan, English textbooks in South Korea, Japan, Vietnam  and China.  He also conducted research on areas such as North Korean defectors, environmental issues in the curriculum, multicultural novels in South Korea, Korean teaching using pop culture, culture and language, and Korean drama.